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Hello to FLL teams in Virginia and the District of Columbia!

I am the VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor for this year's Food Factor
challenge.  I can help you find answers to questions about this year's
Robot Game in the four game documents, and I'll let you know if we
need to have any rulings specific to VA/DC FLL.


To get things started, I'd like to point out one Mission, one Rule,
and some Advice.

MISSION: Read the Rules page, Field Setup page, and the Updates page. Please!
Knowledge Is Power.


Rule 28  PRECEDENCE/AUTHORITY
- You get information about the robot game from more than one place.
Once in a while, information from different places conflicts. So here
is the order of precedence for the sources:
1 = CURRENT Robot Game Updates, 2 = Missions and Field Setup, 3 = Rules


Advice:  READ EVERYTHING - All else held equal, experts on the four
main documents of the Robot Game do better and have more fun. Read
these well, and come back to them often: Field Setup, Missions, Rules,
Updates.


What's the point?  Each of these documents has information that will
help your team to do its best and not have surprises at a regional or
championship tournament.

Here is a getting started tip for this year's game:
Mat setup--center the mat in the east-west direction (between the
short walls).  Align the mat so there is no gap between the mat and
the South wall.


Please note that the Field Setup instructions tell you how to change
the way the Contamination Risk dispensers are built.  Plus there are
several updates about model construction and dual-lock attachment.

There was a very large and entertaining set of updates today.  Read
them and enjoy at
http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/robotgameupdates

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
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